Advances in using social media data for conservation science

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Understanding complex human-environment interactions underpins successful conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. In addition to active data collection campaigns, a wealth of user-generated content available from different social media platforms can provide information useful for conservation. Location-based social media data may reveal interesting patterns of nature recreation, or areas where human activities and observations might be detrimental.

During this workshop, the participants discussed about the use of social media data in conservation. The discussions focused on on: 1) potential applications of social media data analysis in conservation science, and 2) current gaps and advancements in methodology, knowledge, or data. Please find the full workshop abstract here:

The workshop was organised by two interrelated research projects at the Digital Geography Lab, University of Helsinki: Social Media for Conservation Science (SOMECON) and Illegal Wildlife Trade on Social Media (IWT).
Period12 Jun 2018
Event typeWorkshop
LocationJyväskylä, FinlandShow on map